University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Conservation, Human Health, and Pasta

Gund Fellows Taylor and Brendan hosted a workshop at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) to garner expert input on the relationship between conservation and human health. Proving the notion that the best ideas and connections are often made over collaborative cooking and shared meals, Brendan led the working groups in making pasta from scratch for dinner. 

Taylor and Brendan are PIs on a 2012 SESYNC project that uses geo-referenced household, health, and agricultural surveys in combination with biophysical and governance data to better understand the relationship among human health and welfare, ecological condition, and natural resource governance. With a focus on sub-Saharan Africa the project looks at impact evaluations, characteristics of interventions that work, and forecasts potential future outcomes under changing socio‐economic conditions. Results from their work will inform future planning around the governance of natural resources; identify potential areas of conflict between biodiversity, livelihoods, and health; and propose adaptation projects based on an understanding of how changing populations will affect and be affected by changes in ecological conditions.

You can read SESNYC’s coverage of the workshop here: